Cold wave likely to spread

Emran Hossain | Published: 00:00, Jan 10,2020 | Updated: 23:52, Jan 09,2020


The temperature will likely drop further after a light rain or drizzle in parts of Bangladesh on Thursday, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.— UNB photo

The cold wave is likely to spread in the northern districts on Friday and the Met Office predicted that the average temperatures across the country was likely to fall by one to three degrees Celsius. 

‘The temperatures would continue to fall on Saturday,’ weather forecaster Shahnaj Sultana told New Age.

On Thursday, the country’s lowest minimum temperature of 9.6 C was recorded at Tetulia.

In the capital the minimum temperature was recorded at 13.5 C.

The Met Office said that fog at morning would thicken gradually to blur visibility with the temperatures falling.

Traffic movements on the road, the railways, waterways and by air was relatively smooth on Thursday compared to the two previous days when international flights were diverted and ferry services across the Padma River had to be suspended repeatedly.

Although about 400 vehicles were stranded on both the sides of the Padma River until Thursday afternoon the ferry service between the Paturia Ghat and the Daulatdia Ghat continued smoothly since Wednesday morning, reported New Age correspondent in Manikganj.

On Thursday rains improved visibility across Bangladesh compared to the two previous days, said the Met Office.

The Met Office  said parts of northern, southern and central Bangladesh experienced light rains  on Thursday.

New Age correspondent in Narsingdi said that persistent cold increased the prices of warm clothes in the district.

New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that two women died of burns at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Thursday, three days after they had suffered burn injuries while trying to keep themselves warm around hay fire.

The deceased were identified as Monowara Begum, 90, of Kotarpara, Rangpur and Khodeza Bewa, 85, of Patgram, Lalmonirhat.

Rangpur health services director Mustafa Khalid Ahmed said that the latest deaths caused by burns increased the toll to 17 in last 29 days.

Besides, 33 people died of cold diarrhoea, pneumonia and cold related respiratory problems during the same period.

According to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room, 54 people died of cold related diseases across Bangladesh since November 1.

The health emergency control room said that 5,823 people were admitted to or treated at government hospitals across Bangladesh in 24 hours ending Thursday morning.

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